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Granted, their success was nominal in the States and they fared significantly better throughout Europe, but Dave "Dee" Harman (guitar/vocals), Trevor "Dozy" Davies (bass), John "Beaky" Diamond (rhythm guitar), Michael "Mick" Wilson (drums), and Ian "Tich" Amey (lead guitar) were a highly underrated instrumentally self-contained unit with a penchant for aggressive pop leanings that remained buoyant and catchy, while simultaneously flirting with the subterranean freakbeat and mod scenes as well. That distinction can be heard between the pulsating rhythms of "Hold Tight," "No More Love," and "We Got a Good Thing Goin'" -- recalling the unmistakable backbeat of the Dave Clark Five. This is especially true of the opener, the self-parodying "DDD-BMT," which is not a synthetic drug reference, but rather the group's initials and is instantly comparable to the Monkees' "(Theme From) The Monkees," which commenced their pre-fab debut LP. "Frustration," "Hard to Love You," and "All I Want to Do" are among the standout rockers with a notably edgier sting and sonic punch. This is stylistically augmented by the equally moving balladry of "Here's a Heart" and the emotive midtempo "Something I Gotta Tell You." [Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich's legacy is only partially represented by their albums, however. Enthusiasts of the band should take note of the fact that this album was reissued in 2003 as First Album, which supplements the original tune stack with no less than a dozen bonus tracks -- consisting mostly of 45-only sides, edits, and alternate mixes. Many of these bonus tracks likewise paved the way for the combo's next record, If Music Be the Food of Love...Then Prepare for Indigestion (1967).]

Ian Fredericj Stephen "Tich" Amey (guitar)
Dave Dee (vocals)
John "Beaky" Dymond (guitar)
Trevor Leonard "Dozy" Ward-Davies (bass)
Michael "Mick" Wilson (drums)

01. DD-BMT (Howard/Blakley) 1.27
02. We´ve Got A Good Thing Goin´ (Martin/Coher) 2.23
03. Here´s A Heart (Tubbs/Sogol) 3.14
04. Something I Gotta Tell You
(Howard/Blakley) 2.35
05. All I Want To Do (
Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 2.38
06. Frustration (Howard/Blakley) 2.33
Hold Tight (Howard/Blakley)
08. Hard To Love You (Howard/Blakley) 2.30
Nose For Trouble (Howard/Blakley) 4.03
10. No More Love (Howard/Blakley) 2.17
11. After Tonight
(Howard/Blakley/Russo/Chelotti) 2.57
12. No Time (Howard/Blakley) 2.08
13. Double Agent
(Roland) 3.02
14. Is It Love (Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 2.37
15. All I Want (single version) (Howard/Blakley) 2.35
16. It Seems A Pitty (Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 2.25
17. You Make It Move (single version)
(Howard/Blakley) 2.44
18. I Can´t Stop
(Howard/Blakley) 2.10
19. You Know What I Want
(Howard/Blakley) 2.35
20. Hideaway (single version)
(Howard/Blakley) 2.23
21. Bend It (single version)
(Howard/Blakley) 2.31
22. She´s So Good (single version)
(Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 2.24
23. Loos Of England (EP version)
(Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 3.26
Over And Over Again (Howard/Blakley) 2.21
25. Bend It (US version) (Howard/Blakley) 2.31
26. She´s So Good (alternate version)
(Harman/Wilson/Davies/Amey/Dymond) 2.21

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Joe South's debut LP was deleted almost too quickly for most listeners to find it, much less hear it.

Now regarded as a country-soul classic (and, perhaps, the first country-soul album), Introspect anticipated the sound that Elvis Presley and Tony Joe White would both bring to the fore in the following year, except that it was even more ambitious than Presley or White, mixing and bending genres in new and exciting ways. Country, Eastern raga, gutbucket soul, and pop all brush up against each other within the same songs, some of which sound like Elvis singing with a backing band that included James Burton and Ravi Shankar.

And thanks to South's use of various electronic devices in association with the considerable virtuosity in the playing, and his exceptional singing, this is still a bracing album four decades later. "Games People Play" was the hit off the record, and literally overwhelmed the album (which was pulled, reshuffled, and reissued as Games People Play the following year). But also worth hearing are "Birds of a Feather," "Rose Garden" (which would become a huge hit for Lynn Anderson three years later), "All My Hard Times," and "Mirror of Your Mind," along with most of what's here.

James Burton (guitar)
Joe South (guitar, vocals)
Ravi Shankar (sitar)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians


01. All My Hard Times (South) 2.52
02. Rosen Garden (South) 2.46
03. Mirror Of Your Mind (South) 4.32
04. Redneck (South) 3.12

05. Don´t Throw Your Love To The Wind (South) 2.46
06. The Greatest Love (South) 2.28
07. Games People Play (South) 3.30
08. These Are Not My People (South) 2.28
09. Don´t YouBe Ashamed (South) 3.09
10. Birds Of A Feather (South) 4.14
11. Gabriel (South) 7.11

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For die hard ufo fans, this is the begining of the band, and the start of a hard rock story that endures to this day.

This album is a product of the times in which it was created, the echoes of the sixties were fading, and the violence and upheaval of the seventies were on the horizon, and ufo was there to create some sounds that were different than the peace and love era, and a preview of things to come. With the first incarnation of this band, they delivered some solid tunes, timothy is a great tribute to the orginal guru of the acid days, boogie for george is a solid rockin tune as well, all the songs are cool, and this is a must have album for the collector, and a good intro to the band before they became the icons of the area shows of the seventies during the michael era.

Give it a listen, and turn on, tune in , and drop back to a time when the winds of change were a coming (by Jet Books).


Mick Bolton (guitar)
Phil Mogg (vocals)
Andy Parker (drums)
Pete Way (bass)

01. Unidentified Flying Object (U.F.O.) 2.19
02. Boogie (U.F.O.) 4.19
03. C´mon Everybody (Cochran/Capehear) 3.13
04. Shake It (U.F.O.) 3.48
05. (Come Away) Melinda (Hellerman/Minkoff) 5.05
06. Timothy (U.F.O.) 3.29
07. Follow You Home (Way) 2.14
08. Treacle People (Bolton) 3.25
09. Who Do You Love (McDanie) 7.50
10. Evil (Way) 3.27

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Lou Rawls had one of the greatest voices in late 20th century popular music. When he was here five years ago to tape a WHRO-produced PBS special with Petula Clark at Chrysler Hall, he still had the goods---the distinctive smoky-smooth baritone voice that graced hits like "Love is a Hurtin' Thing" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and gave those Garfield specials a touch of class, was in fine shape.

Three years later, though, he was diagnosed with lung cancer (he had smoked in his younger days) and last spring, brain cancer. When he died on January 6th at the age of 70 (or 72; his year of birth is listed differently in different places), he left behind a rich legacy of jazz, soul, blues, gospel and R&B deserving of rediscovery by those who may only know the hits, the beer commercials and the cat cartoons.

His passing was particularly poignant to me because I've been reading a fascinating new biography of Sam Cooke called Dream Boogie, by Peter Guralnick, in which Rawls plays a prominent role. I didn't know that Cooke and Rawls had been close friends growing up in Chicago, and that Lou actually took Sam's place in the teenage gospel group, the Highway QCs, after Cooke left to join the Soul Stirrers in 1950. They remained friends, surviving an automobile accident together near Marion, Arkansas, while traveling between gigs in St. Louis and Greenville, Mississippi, in November 1958. Though Cooke had only minor injuries, the driver was killed and Rawls was left in a coma that lasted a week. It took him three months to regain his memory and a year to fully recover.

In 1962, he began recording as a soloist in his own right. He'd been doing background vocals on his friend's records---his is the voice heard in duet with Cooke on "Bring it on Home to Me," both in harmony and in the "yeah - yeah" call and response sections of the refrain. But late on a cold January night that year, he entered the Capitol Records studio in LA with pianist Les McCann's jazz trio and laid down the tracks for his first album.

Released as Stormy Monday, it is one of my favorite jazz vocal records of all time. Hearing Rawls in such a sparse, unadorned setting is a revelation as he wraps his golden voice around the familiar words of a batch of bluesy standards. From the swinging title track and "Sweet Lover" to the blustery "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" and the soft balladry of "Lost and Lookin'" and "Willow Weep for Me," he takes these well worn chestnuts and gives them new life. It's an impressive performance. His "God Bless the Child" is the definitive version of Billie Holiday's most famous song.

Lou Rawls would go on to become an award winning, chart topping singer during the golden era of `60s and `70s soul music. He would cover many musical bases during his 40-year solo career---his last CD was called Rawls Sings Sinatra. But for a full appreciation of his vocal magic in its prime, Stormy Monday is a must-have.

Ron Jefferson (drums)
Les McCann (piano)
Lou Rawls (vocals)
Leroy Vinnegar (bass)

Alternate frontcover

01. (They Call It) Stormy Monday (Walker) 3.40
02. God Bless The Child (Holiday/Herzog Jr.) 4.25
03. See See Rider (Rainey) 3.08
04. Willow Weep For Me (Ronall) 5.50
05. I´m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town ((Waldon/Jacobs) 3.55
06. In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (Carr/Raye) 3.25
07. Tain´t Nobody Biz-Ness If I Do (Grainger/Robbins) 2.40
08. Lost And Lookin´(Jordan/Alexander) 3.07
09. I´d Rather Drink Muddy Water (Miller) 3.50
10. Sweet Lover (McFarland/Wyche) 3.05
(They Call It) Stormy Monday (alternate take) (Walker) 2.59

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